The Hong Kong government should step up ongoing efforts to streamline the application process to quickly work out who is a refugee and who is not. Rights must be respected and justice done.
A careful balance must be struck between combating abuses, deterring illegal immigration and ensuring that the rights of asylum seekers are observed. Care must be taken to ensure that those with genuine claims are not sent back to their home nation.
A proposal to allow UN-registered refugees to work – but only in ‘dirty, dangerous, difficult’ jobs – reveals the state’s lack of empathy over their plight, advocates say.
‘Sometimes I wake up and I am blind in my left eye. My sight comes back eventually, but it is terrifying,’ says Egyptian woman diagnosed with hemiplegia.
Neil Para’s family fled civil war in Sri Lanka and have been trapped in Australia for nearly a decade after their visas were revoked without explanation.
A report by rights group Fortify Rights showed Indian authorities beating Rohingya refugees, denying them due process rights, and indefinitely detaining them.
Former security chief Regina Ip brushes aside lawyer’s claim that law deters whistle-blowing.
Christian Action’s Centre for Refugees will celebrate the resilience of Hong Kong refugees and asylum seekers with an event at PMQ, one of many this month to mark World Refugee Day 2023.
Nermen Amer, 41, and her four daughters arrived in the city last year after fleeing their home in Egypt.
The law is one of several judicial decisions that reveal the haphazard way Japan awards refugee certification, adding to distrust about how the system is managed.
Opponents argue that the new legislation could repatriate those at risk of persecution in their home countries, and also expel children born and raised in Japan.
Human rights campaigners say there is still no effective oversight of the government agencies tasked with handling those in detention .
First South Asian actor to win best new performer at Hong Kong Film Awards says he knew little about movie industry after first arriving in city at age four.
In 2021, Japan gave refugee status to 74 people, far fewer than in European countries and the US, where more than 10,000 refugees are taken in annually.
The value of food aid will be reduced to US$10 per person from US$12 starting next month due to donor budgets stretched by the pandemic and economic crises.
Only 269 out of 22,696 asylum seekers have proved their claims for refugee status since 2014.
Readers discuss the government’s policy on immigration detainees, a public subsidy for energy-efficient domestic appliances, and how to transform science education.
‘Overnight change’ criticised for lack of consultation, imposing blanket threat of deportation on all.
In the last two months, hundreds of Myanmar nationals are reported to have been sent back against their will by Malaysian authorities, the UN’s refugee agency said.
Through its Table of Two Cities platform, Hong Kong charity Grassroots Future is giving refugees and asylum seekers the chance to make their voices heard by sharing recipes and cooking dishes from home.
Fresh applications to Immigration authorities are down from 1,500 in 2021 to 455 in February.
Legal scholar Surabhi Chopra says research efforts showed public information on immigration detainees was harder to find than data for prisoners.
Refugees and asylum seekers are given HK$1,200 a month in food credits, but are restricted to spending them at just one supermarket chain, which often runs out of necessities.